All stories by Shekhar Gupta
Modi's biggest crisis yetRediff.com28 Apr 2021
This is a national leadership gone so wrong that India's most powerful prime minister in four decades has personally taken charge of medical oxygen shortages, observes Shekhar Gupta.
What is working for Modi if not the economy?Rediff.com21 Apr 2021
Flurry of economic reform suggests Modi realises his muscular nationalism script is getting jaded. Chances are he'll try for economic recovery but stick to what's worked so far, observes Shekhar Gupta.
Modi can't afford to look like a loser on national securityRediff.com15 Apr 2021
'Modi-Shah have understood the risks their cynical mixing of domestic political motivations with strategic national interests was soon going to become counterproductive asserts Shekhar Gupta.
Why Pak army chief is talking about peace...Rediff.com9 Apr 2021
'The picture only looks worse from where Bajwa sits.' 'He sees a domineering India to the east, an unravelling Afghanistan and a complex Iran to the west, an overbearing China on the north and a US which is no longer an ally,' observes Shekhar Gupta.
Why is Rahul missing in action?Rediff.com15 Mar 2021
On all key issues, Congress is MIA, sighs Shekhar Gupta.
China or Pakistan? Who should Modi make peace with?Rediff.com12 Mar 2021
India must break out of this strategic triangulation between China and Pakistan. We need to settle our issues with one of the two, notes Shekhar Gupta.
Battle lines in Indian politics have been drawnRediff.com3 Mar 2021
Not all change is good, but this one is, applauds Shekhar Gupta.
All hail Modi's 1st BJP BudgetRediff.com19 Feb 2021
The Modi government is notoriously honest about one fact: It does not listen to economists, observes Shekhar Gupta.
Modi has lost the battle on farm lawsRediff.com18 Feb 2021
This crisis requires political sophistication and governance skills. This BJP has neither, observes Shekhar Gupta.
How can you measure democracy?Rediff.com15 Feb 2021
There is a vocal constituency of educated, well-to-do, articulate Indian elites who would rather go with the idea that too much democracy is a liability. That India needs a spell of benevolent dictatorship. Of course, they have never lived under one, points out Shekhar Gupta.
Why Modi-Shah failed to convince the farmersRediff.com4 Feb 2021
In politics, if your objective is only winning elections, just Chanakya neeti might do. For governance you need both, Chanakya neeti and Ram Rajya. You can neither beat up the farmers into submission, nor dismiss them as 'Khalistanis', asserts Shekhar Gupta.
Pranab vs Sonia-Rahul: Who won?Rediff.com23 Jan 2021
Pranabda hasn't given us any indication of the tough period when he realised Sonia Gandhi had decided to give the presidency not to him, but to then vice-president Hamid Ansari. He wrested the presidency from her, and handed her the biggest defeat of her UPA years, observes Shekhar Gupta.
Why Modi should be worried about this dataRediff.com18 Jan 2021
At some stage this fall in the quality of life will begin to hurt anybody's popularity, observes Shekhar Gupta.
Do Modi-Shah understand Punjab politics?Rediff.com10 Dec 2020
The Sikhs love a good fight, and that's what the Modi government has given them.
The mystery death of Pakistan's 'holy warrior'Rediff.com5 Dec 2020
Khadim Hussain Rizvi is now gone. But the mass appeal of fundamentalism among Pakistan's burgeoning, young, illiterate, unemployed and angry population isn't, observes Shekhar Gupta.
Modi's China blunderRediff.com27 Nov 2020
Prime Minister Modi made a strategic blunder of Nehruvian proportions -- presuming no war can happen now, and the Chinese won't be a military threat and risk their economic interests, observes Shekhar Gupta.
How China facilitated the India-US strategic embraceRediff.com3 Nov 2020
China is now the most significant strategic concern in Washington, as in most of the world's capitals, especially the democracies. Today, strategic autonomy has acquired a sharper definition: To ward off the Chinese challenge to India's territorial integrity, sovereignty and regional stature, observes Shekhar Gupta.
Why Modi-Shah don't need NDA anymoreRediff.com26 Oct 2020
In its sway over national politics now, the Modi-Shah BJP is what the Congress was under Indira Gandhi. Why would they indulge coalition partners, their greed and egos now, asks Shekhar Gupta.
The TRP TrapRediff.com20 Oct 2020
'The more the news media weakens, especially at this juncture of economic ruin with lay-offs and wage cuts, the more the owners and journalists weigh their value in terms who they are close to, the more they depend on the State to bail them out of trouble, slow-fry their rival, the faster it pushes us towards institutional destruction,' warns Shekhar Gupta.
Modi's twin test: Vodafone and BiharRediff.com19 Oct 2020
If Modi's truly a reformer and a believer in minimum government, he would bury the Vodafone ghosts now. He would also then go to Bihar, campaigning on his politically controversial reforms. Both will need him to dip deep into his accumulated political capital and risk it, suggests Shekhar Gupta.